Reaction to the posts about Liberal Avenger altering comments on his site:
Cathy Young says that it “should be a blogosphere scandal but isn’t, for some reason.” Young concludes:
Liberal Avenger’s “prank” is not only juvenile, unethical, and offensive; it is also dangerous to blog discourse. If people know that a blog administrator can tamper with comments at will, it could have a truly chilling effect on speech in the blogosphere. Any blogger, liberal or conservative, should take this very seriously indeed.
Taking the opposite view is Ilyka Damen at Pandagon, who mocks the notion that this is a serious issue:
It has come to my attention that some no-good liberal bloggers have been editing comments posted by people who annoy them. This is absolutely unconscionable and must stop immediately.
I’m really upset about this. I am astonished that such deceit could be countenanced anywhere, let alone on the internet. Goodness gracious! Where’s the integrity?
As evidence that this is no big deal, Damen approvingly cites the habits of commenters at Sadly, No!, who regularly post embarrassing comments under the name Ann Althouse.
So there are your opposing viewpoints.